- Gardening techniques and advice for Vegetable Growers | rss button RSS NEWS FEED

News Headlines

Mobile App Launched

RSPB Garden Birdwatch

Gardeners Calendar Shop Launched

Monty Don returns to Gardeners' World

Conceptual Gardens at the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2010

Legionnaires' disease in Compost

More snow on the way

High chance of a White Christmas for the UK

Brazilian Mint for pain relief

Mossbank allotments group secure funding for site at old Firth Camp

Oxford allotment rent rises are welcomed

Foggins allotment holder told to remove cockerels

Allotment plots in Lancaster Extended

Derelict allotments revamped by volunteers

Setback for Widdrington allotment holders

Bees still buzzing near Chase Farm

PAC on target re honey bee health research

RHS set to unearth the nations gardening knowledge with its first ever Dig Together Day (1,5 & 6 September)

Mayor of London’s Capital Growth feature at the world’s largest annual gardening event

Long Lost Rhododendron found at Rosemoor

Bee Friendly gardening guide

Sign the petition to prevent the death of Bees

Makeover your garden with the RHS Show Cardiff

The world’s largest annual gardening event set to fuel the nation’s appetite for grow your own

Credit Crunch Chelsea

RHS welcomes Government's £1million for Horticultural apprenticeship scheme

Are you unwittingly killing Bees?

Geoffry Smith Dies

Toby Buckland Tests Moon Planting

Allotment thefts of Fruit and Veg

Aminopyralid withdrawn from sale

Petition the Prime Minister to halt the use of Aminopyralid

Aminopyralid contamination leaves gardens barren for a year

Aminopyralid residue in manure is killing crops

12th Annual World Nettle Eating Championships

Rosemary Leaf Beetles

Monty Don leaves Gardeners World

Chelsea Update - Gold for Edible Playgrounds

Chelsea 2008

Garden Thefts & Insurance Policies


Aminopyralid contamination leaves gardens barren for a year

aminopyralid, manure, contamination, food chain

If you have been affected by Aminopyralid contamination you will have to leave the affected ground for at least a year before you can plant in it again. The RHS report says it could be even be two years before the herbicide residue has broken down.

At a time when food prices are rising and the world economies are on the brink of a recession the last thing we need is more depressing news. But it looks like one story is going to keep on running for a while yet. Aminopyralid contamination is now being reported across the country and gardeners are contacting the RHS at a rate of 20 calls per day to report possible contaminations. The RHS are advising people to dig the affected plants back into the soil using a rotorvator or similar, and not to plant any more crops on the ground for a year. The RHS Advice sheet can be viewed here. Dow AgroSciences who are responsible for the manufacture of products containing Aminopyralid have also issued an advice sheet for gardeners affected by this product. Dow AgroSciences Advice. Dow's advice is also to dig the manure into the ground with a rotorvator and not to spread any more manure on land used for food crops. They also go on to say that the chemical should break down very quickly under normal conditions. But not to plant again for another year. The last bit of advice from Dow is to check the sources of manure and confirm they are not using any of their products on the grassland for animals. However some of the contaminations have been the result of hay and straw being imported from other farms, so the advice would seem flawed, in the respect you will have to follow the whole supply chain to find any possible cause for contamination.

Another site started recently to help with the contamination issue is the site. They are calling for people to protest to the environment minister to halt the use of these products, and also for Dow AgroSciences to provide free testing kits to detect contamination in manure. Personally I think this will be a long shot because if you can prove the contamination this would open up Dow AgroSciences to compensation claims from gardeners, so maybe we should find some 'boffin's' to build our own test kit. Let us know on the Social Network if you can help with this.

Related Links

bookmark this story contamination leaves gardens barren for a yeardigg:Aminopyralid contamination leaves gardens barren for a yearreddit:Aminopyralid contamination leaves gardens barren for a yearY!:Aminopyralid contamination leaves gardens barren for a yearstumbleupon:Aminopyralid contamination leaves gardens barren for a yearPromote on Twitter